May 28, 2014
EDMONTON, AB. -- Canada Basketball announced the list of 21 try-out invitees for the Senior Women's National Team today and Northwestern point guard Karly Roser (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Mary's) will have the chance to play for a spot on the 2014 squad.
The SWNT trials begin June 9 in Edmonton, Alberta and the final roster will have the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2014 FIBA World Championships, Sept. 27-Oct. 5 in Turkey. Roser is included in a prestigious group of invitees that includes Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa, a top-10 pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Utah's Michelle Plouffe, a 2014 WNBA Second Round selection and a number of other players that helped Canada take silver at the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament.
"There's a tremendous amount of talent coming in for try-outs," second-year Canadian SWNT head coach Lisa Thomaidis said. "Our team is getting older and more experienced, there are a lot of players playing professional around the world and for them to then bring their talents back and vying for a spot on our national team is really going to be exciting to see."
A junior during the 2013-14 season, Roser is one of four invitees with collegiate eligibility remaining. A 2013 All-Big Ten honoree, Roser has career averages of 7.7 points per game, 5.0 assists per game and 3.6 rebounds per game. She started all 60 contests during her freshman and sophomore seasons and ranks amongst the top assist leaders in program history as her 362 assists comes in at 10th all-time.
After a four day try-out period, the coaching staff will select a squad that will compete throughout the summer. The selected SWNT is set to have a training camp from June 16-25 as part of a solid summer of preparation.
To gear up for the World Championships, the team will compete against No. 7 ranked Brazil in a three-game series, hosted by the City of Edmonton at the Saville Community Sports Centre. Those games will take place on June 26, 27 and 28. Team Canada will have two more training camps as well as a trip to Europe for exhibition play before the World Championships.
The complete try out roster for the 2014 Canadian Senior Women's National Team can be found here.
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